Igor S. Ivanov is Professor at Moscow State Institute for International Relations and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
In 1969, he graduated from the Maurice Thorez Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages (he speaks Spanish and English).
1969-1973, Junior Researcher, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R.
1973-1978, Second Secretary, First European Department, U.S.S.R. Ministry of Foreign Affairs; chief engineer, U.S.S.R. Trade Mission in Madrid; First Secretary, Soviet Embassy in Spain.
1978-1983, Councillor and Minister, Soviet Embassy in Spain.
1983-1986, Expert, First European Department, U.S.S.R. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Councillor and then Aide to Foreign Minister of the U.S.S.R.
1986-1989, Deputy Chief and then First Deputy Chief of the General Secretariat Department, U.S.S.R. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1989-1991, Chief of the General Secretariat Department, board member, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the U.S.S.R.
1991-1993, Soviet and then Russian Ambassador to Spain.
December 1993-September 1998, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
September 1998-March 2004, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
March 2004-July 2007, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
During his diplomatic career Igor S. Ivanov often attended the UN General Assembly and participated in other international conferences. He also co-chaired the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia.
In parallel with his career as a statesman, he is also actively involved in academic and research activities. Igor S. Ivanov has published a number of studies and articles on the history of Russian foreign affairs and foreign policy. His works have also been published in the US, Germany, China, Japan and other countries. He regularly attends political and scientific gatherings both in Russia and abroad to speak on topical international issues.